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Dental Practice Solutions - Debbie Bittke

Time Management Phase 3: Do Treatment

By: Debbie Seidel-Bittke, RDH, BS

May 21, 2015

This week I share Phase 3 of Time Management for the dental hygiene routine appointment. These are tips to stay on time when you “do treatment.”

Staying on time is what made me feel stressed during my career as a clinical dental hygienist and this week I have put together tips to keep the hygienist running on time and reduce any stress created.

If you can follow these tips, you will discover you don’t feel like you are running on a treadmill and your patients will leave your office more satisfied because they did not have to sit and wait for doctor to complete their exam.

The follstop watchowing are a few tips: (View the video below for more in-depth tips)

1. Doctor needs to enter for the hygiene exam no later than 30-45 minutes into a 60 minute hygiene appointment. If you have less than 60 minutes you will need to adjust this time. No more waiting until the end of the hygiene appointment to notify doctor of a patient exam

2. A patient of record can remain in a supine position when doctor enters for the exam. The hygienist will leave their provider chair and move to a position opposite of the doctor for the exam process.

3. The hygienist can lead doctor by providing small chitchat about something personal regarding the patient. This chitchat lasts only 6-90 seconds

4. The hygienist will lead doctor through the exam process by giving a report of what was discovered during the data collection process, the determination of treatment and what is necessary for the next hygiene appointment. For example does patient need a full mouth series of x-rays. The exam communication with doctor is a great time to add value and some benefits for why the patient will return for their next hygiene appointment

5. The hygiene exam (When doctor and hygienist have calibrated their services) should last approximately 5-7 minutes

Watch the video below for more specific information to streamline your time management especially when you “Do Treatment.”

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